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Crainey: We're Well Prepared

Posted: Thu 29 Nov 2012
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Defender Expecting Tough Test At Peterborough

Stephen Crainey is hoping this weekend will bring Blackpool their first three points in the Michael Appleton era after four successive draws.

The Seasiders travel to bottom-side Peterborough United on Saturday and despite their league position the left-back is expecting a tough test.

"In the Championship there's no easy games to be honest, so we are going to go there well prepared and I'm sure they will be well prepared as well. Hopefully we can come out on top on the day," said Crainey.

The visit to London Road last season was one of The Seasiders' less memorable away days and the 31-year-old is aiming to put in a much better performance this season.

"It was disappointing last year down there, they won 3-1, we didn't play the best so hopefully we can rectify that this year.

"They're fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table and we want to push up the league so it will be an interesting game, which we want to come out on top in and get the three points."

The game at Peterborough is the first of six fixtures in December and Crainey admits it could be a pivotal month that also includes away games at Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Middlesbrough.

"Over the Christmas period it's always crucial for the shake-up and where you may end up in The Championship. 

"Hopefully we can get a few wins under our belt and move back up that league and where I think we deserve to be."

After the training pitch was waterlogged earlier in the week the players were forced to train elsewhere prior to the match against Birmingham.

Fortunately the pitches were drier today and training involved a visit from Blackpool boxer Brian 'The Lion' Rose.

"He was working with the Youth Team this morning but we've worked with him before and it's a tough regime that the boxers go through. 

"Fair play to them, they work hard to get fit for their fights and it's nice to have a wee taste of that as well," added Crainey.